VIDEO: 'Why are you stuttering?' Piers Morgan's clash with pro-Palestinian academic Mohamed Hijab over Hamas and Israel's bombing of Gaza

    Tuesday 17 October 2023

    TalkTV's Piers Morgan has clashed furiously with a pro-Palestinian academic over the way the media has covered the Israel-Hamas war.

    Mohamed Hijab, a public speaker and religious philosopher, invited Piers to condemn Israel's "war crimes" against the people of Gaza and asked for evidence that Hamas militia raped women and murdered babies when they invaded Israel on October 7th.

    It comes after Piers interviewed Israeli ambassador Tzipi Hotovely, who contentiously refuted allegations Israel was responsible for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

    Mr Hijab said: "I want you to condemn the fact that the IDF presses buttons from the sky that kill innocent civilians, thousands of them children - which is a war crime.

    "One of the IDF members said that we will flatten Gaza completely. 'We don't care about accuracy' he said, we care about damage. Is that acceptable or unacceptable?

    "Why are Israel not state terrorists? Answer me this question. They are indiscriminately killing. They're blocking supply lines. They're using white phosphorus. They're killing the Palestinian people.

    "I want to understand what differentiates an Israeli in the sky killing civilians and any other terrorist organisation."

    About 1,300 people were killed in the surprise onslaught, with graphic mobile phone footage and reports from medical and emergency services of atrocities in the overrun towns and kibbutzes.

    Israeli soldiers remove the body of a civilian, who was killed days earlier in an attack by Palestinian militants Credit: Amir Levy

    Mr Hijab accused mainstream media organisations of helping to spread Israeli propaganda. Under particular scrutiny are reports that Hamas beheaded babies and raped women during the raids.

    He argued: "British journalists are not an academic authority. I think they're trying to use red herrings because already 1023 children have been killed in Gaza."

    At least 2,750 Palestinians have been killed and 9,700 wounded since October 7, Gaza's health ministry said on Monday. Another 1,000 people are missing and believed to be under rubble.

    At least 800 children are among the dead, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

    People wait to carry out the dead bodies of Palestinians, who lost their lives during the Israeli airstrikes Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu

    Piers argued there are no easy solutions to Israel's ongoing conflict with Hamas.

    "I believe given the scale of what Hamas did on October 7, Israel is entitled to defend themselves," he said.

    "If Israel's purpose is to rid the world of Hamas after these atrocities - how do they do that given that Hamas embeds itself in civilian areas?

    "The questions becomes what is proportionate? I don't know what a proportionate response to 1300 murders is - 260 young people at a music festival."

    Speaking to Piers Morgan last week, Ben Shapiro compared the Hamas massacre to "extermination level antisemitism."

    Israel has vowed to annihilate Hamas in retaliation for their rampage on October 7th through Israeli towns in the worst attack on civilians in the country's history.

    As the debate turned to the options for a peaceful resolution the conflict, Mr Hijab said: "A two state solution is a possibility. Even Hamas said it was a possibility.

    "But what I want to bring to your attention is that nothing can happen if the UN becomes toothless. Palestinians die and this is not even mentioned by the UN."

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